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Prescription for Oxygen

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What the Prescription Tells You

  • How many hours a day do I use the Oxygen? ______
  • What flow rate do I use with:

Normal Activity: ______
Exercise: _______
Sleep: _________



Prescription for Oxygen

Oxygen is a drug and a physician must write a prescription for oxygen therapy. The prescription will spell out the flow rate, how much oxygen you need per minute - referred to as liters per minute (LPM or L/M) - and when you need to use oxygen. Some people use oxygen therapy only while exercising, others only while sleeping, and still others need oxygen continuously.

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